The official end of summer is almost here. But the effects of the summer sun on your skin — wrinkles, brown spots and skin discoloration — could be with you for quite some time. If you’re looking for a quick and effective remedy that will restore your fresh, healthy appearance before the holidays, a CO2 laser treatment may be just the answer.

How does laser treatment work?

A state-of-the-art laser is used to treat the effects of sun damage on the skin as well as premature aging. The laser is used to burn away sun-damaged skin cells, allowing new layers of skin to form. The result is tighter skin, more even skin tone and color, fewer lines and wrinkles, and a more healthy, youthful appearance.

Why is a CO2 laser treatment best for me?

Every person’s situation is different, so you should always check with a medical professional before opting for any procedure. For those who desire to remove wrinkles or eliminate aging or sun spots, the CO2 laser is a great option. The CO2 laser is generally considered the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing because it provides immediate results with long lasting effects. Unlike the more traditional Fraxal laser that can require up to three treatments, the CO2 laser often produces the same results in just one treatment.

Is the procedure painful?

Because the laser burns away skin cells, patients may experience some discomfort. Many say it feels like a sunburn for a few hours after the treatment is completed. After that, there is little or no pain. We also administer a local anesthetic during the procedure to lessen any discomfort.

How long does the procedure take?

A typical procedure takes about one hour.

How long will my recovery time be?

Over the first few days, your skin will be tight and then peel. By Day 5, you should begin to see gradual improvement in your appearance, which will continue for several weeks and months as new collagen builds up in your skin.

What areas are best to treat with the CO2 laser?

Lips, eyes, neck, forehead, crow’s feet, pucker marks (smoker’s lip), uneven skin tone, and acne scars can all be treated quickly and effectively with the CO2 laser.

What else do I need to know?

Laser resurfacing is an effective treatment for improving the skin’s surface. However, it does have some limitations. For excessively deep wrinkles or sagging skin, a CO2 laser can be an effective treatment in combination with BOTOX or surgery. Over time, as you continue to age, new lines and wrinkles may form, requiring repeated treatments.

You don’t have to live with the sun’s damaging effects. Get started now and you will look your best in time for the holidays. Talk to your doctor or her staff about your options today.

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